Josh Young Out of Jesus Christ Superstar Due to Illness

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05 Apr 2012

Josh Young
Josh Young
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Actor Josh Young, who garnered critical praise for his performance as Judas, has again been sidelined from the trinity of Broadway's Jesus Christ Superstar.

Young portrays Judas Iscariot in Des McAnuff's production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock oratorio that began life at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival last summer prior to its Broadway bow. He originated the role in the Ontario staging.

In the week prior to Superstar's Broadway opening, Young suffered from a respiratory infection that also kept him out of the production. He returned for the March 22 opening night at the Neil Simon Theatre, where critics singled out his performance.

A representative for the production told Playbill.com on April 4 that Young's bacterial infection had developed into laryngitis. He last performed in the production on March 29. Young is currently on vocal rest awaiting an all-clear from his doctor to return to the production.

Superstar cast members Jeremy Kushnier and Nick Cartell are covering the role of Judas in Young's absence.



Young has also been seen as Marius in Les Miserables and as Che in the Stratford production of Evita.

Read Playbill.com's Leading Men column with Young and Paul Nolan, who stars as Jesus.

The principal cast of Superstar also includes Chilina Kennedy as Mary Magdalene, Tom Hewitt as Pontius Pilate, Bruce Dow as King Herod, Marcus Nance as Caiaphas and Aaron Walpole as Annas.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of Jesus Christ Superstar is produced by The Dodgers and The Really Useful Group, Latitude Link, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, Waxman-Dokton, with Joe Corcoran, Detsky/Sokolowski/Kassie, Florin-Blanshay-Fan/Broadway Across America, REG/Caudwell, Shin/Coleman, Theatre Dreams North America, LLC.

For tickets visit Ticketmaster, or phone (877) 250-2929.

View Playbill.com's highlights of Superstar below: